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Montanans Speak Out On President's Plan To Cut Carbon Emissions

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MISSOULA - President Barack Obama takes one of the biggest actions ever by the U.S. government to slow climate change, but some Montanans aren't happy about it.

The president's plan would force power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30%. Many argue this proposal will damage Montana's economy, but others said climate change is already hurting the state's economy and environment. President Obama is moving forward with the plan which forces power plants to cut their emission by 30% in 15 years. Numbers from the U.S. Department of Energy show coal produced almost 75% of those emissions. Under the plan, each state would come up with their own rules to cut back on emissions. With the coal industry being a likely target of the proposal, many including state lawmakers, fear for jobs and Montana's economy. Environmental experts say it will be years before we see the reductions.

"EPA didn't come up with a plan and tell the states this is what your going to do. What it did is told the states to come up with a plan. This is an opportunity for Montanans to get together to figure out how best to benefit our state by 2030," said Anne Hedges, Deputy Director of the Montana Environmental Information Center.

The proposal now goes trough a four-month public comment period. After a final rule is made, each state will have about two years to come up with their own rules, before they're reviewed. Experts said we probably won't see the emission reductions until 2020.

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